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What is a strong password?
August 11, 2015

 

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Create a new password is never easy. We often ask ourselves which combination of symbols would better suite our needs when registering a new e-mail or a social media account. Some users face even a tougher choice choosing a password for their on-line banking or PayPal. But how strong is that password really is? Today we examine the most common patterns used for password creation.

How to create a strong password?

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It has to be different

Probably the biggest security threat is the same password for everything. You are basically making a task of hacking into your private stuff a lot easier, especially if you are using a common password. Therefore, it is recommended to use unique password for different accounts (or least for banking and security services).

Password strength

The key aspects of a strong password are: – password length (8 or more symbols; more is better) – use of alpha-numerical characters (letters should be both upper and lower-case) – use special symbols – the password should not contain your personal information but at the same time mean something to you.

Memorizing tons of complex riddles could be a pain; therefore, we recommend that you choose a password you can remember but also not go as a far as using simple words like:

Johnson1975 (contains last name and DOB)

Best4U (too short and easy to guest despite the use of a number and upper case letter)

Password (classics)

QWERTY (another great example of how this should NOT be done)

Here’s an extended list of commonly used passwords. Do not use them 😉

1. 123456 (Unchanged)

2. password (Unchanged)

3. 12345 (Up 17)

4. 12345678 (Down 1)

5. qwerty (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (Unchanged)

7. 1234 (Up 9)

8. baseball (New)

9. dragon (New)

10. football (New)

11. 1234567 (Down 4)

12. monkey (Up 5)

13. letmein (Up 1)

14. abc123 (Down 9)

15. 111111 (Down 8)

16.mustang (New)

17. access (New)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. master (New)

20. michael (New)

21. superman (New)

22. 696969 (New)

23. 123123 (Down 12)

24. batman (New)

25. trustno1 (Down 1)

How reliable and secure password are made

Use Keyboard as a pattern

6yjhgft – a hacker wouldn’t have a clue about this password unless they know that this is how you draw a pyramid on your keyboard

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Associate passwords with services

Ente4_ur_$acc – (enter your bank account) uSe_my_smf – (use my social media facebook) ABT2_uZ_EB! – (about to use ebay)

Use emotions and smileys if possible

Basic smileys that you can use Ente4_ur_$acc:! – (enter your bank account)

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Be aware that some websites would not accept smileys or regular symbols like @, $, &, {, > because of their incompatibility with web-site’s server software.

Make riddles of phrases that mean something to you

Take a phrase, quote, song lyrics, movie title, automobile model or anything else that you can remember and make a complex yet memorable password out of it

04_quiet_desp_DSOTM – (track #4 from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, ‘hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way’ lyrics excerpt)

run4orest_run:) – (quote from Forrest Gump movie)

Strw2hvn_led_zep4 – (‘Stairway to heaven’ from Led Zeppelin IV album)

Encrypt your traffic using VPN

Hackers do not waste their resources hacking into everyone’s PCs. They know exactly who the victim is and what is the potential benefit of hacking into their PC. For that reason all users with sensitive data (including passwords to bank accounts, etc.) are advised to use VPN for traffic encryption. Hacker would not be able to identify you on the web and to read your browsing history if you are using VPN.

Privatoria VPN offers:

– servers in 12 countries around the world

– option Tor integration

– AES encryption for all Internet traffic

– support for all popular VPN protocols

– simple configuration process

It is also recommended to secure other aspects of your web activities using:

Privatoria Secure E-mail – to protect your on-line correspondence

Privatoria Secure Chat – to protect your on-line conversations and chats

Privatoria Secure File Transfer – to protect and encrypt your sensitive data

Keep all your passwords in one place (could be dangerous!)

Finally you can use something like Lastpass, KeePass or 1Password if you are afraid of loosing your password but still would not want to use the same password for all services.

With this utility, you can store all your passwords in encrypted state and unlock the database with a master password/key each time it prompts you to. This approach could be dangerous, too. Forgetting the master password could get you in trouble, therefore, use this kind of tools with caution.

Strong Password matters

All in all, the notion of a strong password is somewhat subjective. There are no official and accepted-by-all rules defining a strong password. Each user decides personally which character combination would make a great password. That is why you always have to consider the use case.

You can also test Privatoria security suite using a free trial and do not forget to create a PerfPssWrd4urslf:)

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